Question 1: Is a college degree required for admission?
Yes, either a BA or BS degree in a science field from an accredited US institution is required. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Question 2: Do I need to take an admissions entrance exam to apply to the program?
Yes. Official test scores for the general aptitude portion (verbal, quantitative and analytical of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken with in the last 5 years, with a score greater than or equal to 300 on the combined verbal and quantitative (alternatively, adequate MCAT or DAT scores will be accepted in lieu of GRE scores.
Question 3: Do I need to take any of the GRE subject tests (Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics)?
No, but if you do, they may help strengthen your application.
Question 4: Can I transfer from another graduate program?
No, the MSBS program does not currently accept transfer students, however up to 10 units of credit can be transferred, subject to the approval of the Graduate Dean.
Question 5: Can I transfer credits from another institution?
A maximum of 10 units from other institutions will be accepted as transfer credit at the discretion of the Dean.
Question 6: Do I need lab experience to apply to the MSBS program?
No, but lab experience may help you with your application.
Question 8: Is there an application fee? If so, how much is the application fee?
Yes, there is a non-refundable $50.00 application fee.
Question 7: Is there an advantage to being an in-state applicant?
No. All students are considered on the basis of their ability to complete the program.
Question 8: Is the application paper or electronic?
The application is available electronically on the Apply Now page.
Question 9: Do you accept international students?
Yes. International students are welcome to apply.
Question 1: How do I check my application status online?
You can check your application status by visiting the application status page.
Question 2: What if I want to change information on my application after I have completed it?
You may not change answers or documents submitted with your application, but you may upload additional, supplemental materials. To do so, visit the application status page and use the "Upload Materials" section of the page to submit your supplemental materials.
Question 3: What if I want to apply to more than one program? Do I need to create a new account?
You can apply to multiple programs using a single account. Visit our online application, log in, and click "Start New Application" at the bottom of the page.
Question 4: What address should I use if I need to mail any additional application materials?
For official documents (transcripts, etc.) please mail to:
Western University of Health Sciences
Attn: EDS/program you are applying for (MSMS, MSNE, MSPS, etc.)
309 E Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766
For unofficial documents, please upload to the online application as indicated in the application instructions.
Question 5: How do I pay my application fee?
All application fees require payments made by credit card. Only cards with Visa and Master Card logos will be accepted. No checks, money orders, or cash will be accepted for payment of application fees.
Question 6: What if I do not have a Visa or Master Card?
Payment may be made with a Visa or Master Card prepaid gift card which can be purchased at many major chain stores or online. Please be aware that the gift card must contain a balance sufficient to cover the application fee in one full payment.
Question 7: Are fee waivers accepted?
Fee waivers are applied after application submission and before application payment. To qualify for an application fee waiver, you must contact Admissions for instructions and approval. Please include your legal name, email address, and program you applied for.
Question 8: Will I receive notification that my application was received?
Yes, once your application is processed we will send an email confirming it was received. Please be sure to check your "Junk Mail" folder for this email and allow emails from the domain 'westernu.edu' to avoid any delay of its delivery. For more information on adding WesternU to your email whitelist, please review these Email Whitelist Instructions. If you need additional assistance, please email EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, email address and program you applied for.
Question 1: Is the program accredited?
Western University of Health Sciences is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Question 2: Are all classes held on the WesternU campus?
Yes, classes as well as laboratory rotations take place on the WesternU campus in Pomona, CA.
Question 3: As a graduate student, will I have an office?
No, but adequate workspace will be provided by your faculty advisor.
Question 4: When do classes begin?
Classes begin in the Fall (August) and Spring (January)
Question 5: When are classes or rotations typically held?
Classes are held during the day Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Laboratory work can also take place at other hours, including weekends, depending on experimental schedules. Those arrangements are made between individual students and their advisors.
Question 6: Is this a “Medical Masters” program?
No, WesternU offers a separate Master of Science in Medical Sciences degree for individuals interested in applying to professional programs at WesternU and elsewhere.
Question 7: Who will be teaching the classes?
Courses in the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences (GCBS) are taught by GCBS faculty and faculty with joint appointments between GCBS and other WesternU colleges, such as the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Pharmacy.
Question 8: Is this a full-time or part-time program?
Question 9: How long is the program?
2 years of full-time study.
Question 10: Can I take time off for family or health reasons?
Each case is considered on an individual basis, and the Dean makes the final determination.
Question 11: Are there different tracks?
No, however there are concentrations of study in the following areas:
- Food and Nutrition Sciences
- Regulatory Sciences
- Translational Sciences
- Biomedical Intellectual Property
- Healthcare Bioinformatics
Question 12: How can I learn more about the financial aid available to me?
For more information regarding tuition, scholarships, and loans please visit the financing my education and financial aid pages.
Question 13: Is the program on a semester or quarter system?
The MSBS program utilizes the semester system.
Question 14: How many students are accepted to each entering class?
The MSBS program can accommodate up to 60 students per year.
Question 15: Does WesternU offer a PhD program? A DO/PhD dual degree program? What about a DVM/PhD?
While WesternU may offer a PhD program in the future, a PhD program or dual degree program is not offered at this time.
Question 16: Will I be required to write a thesis?
Yes, you will be expected to produce a professional-quality thesis by the end of the 2-year program.
Question 17: Will this program help me get into medical school? How about WesternU’s medical school?
Successful completion of this program may help applicants applying to medical school, but it has been specifically designed to help graduates find employment in biomedical research.
Question 18: I would like more information on WesternU’s research laboratories, where can I find this?
See WesternU’s research web site for more information regarding the facilities and equipment available for use.
Question 19: Is a laptop computer required? If so, what are the minimum specifications?
Yes, a laptop computer is required. You will be expected to supply your own computer or use computers available in the library or through arrangement with your faculty advisor.
Question 20: Are classes available online?
No, class attendance is mandatory for all enrolled MSBS students.
Question 21: Do I get time off for the holidays?
The WesternU campus normally closes on major holidays, see the university calendar for more details.
Question 22: Do I get summers off? Will I be expected to work in the lab over the summer?
Students supported on teaching/research assistantships are expected to be in attendance throughout the year, as arranged with their faculty advisor.
Question 23: Can I work in any laboratory at WesternU?
A number of WesternU faculty in the different colleges have agreed to mentor MSBS students. Students do rotations in several different labs as part of the process of selecting an advisor.
Question 24: How is this program/degree different from the MS Pharmaceutical Sciences degree?
The MSBS program is taught by faculty from across WesternU, and student research can entail a broad range of research topics, rather than one specific area. Also, the program seeks to prepare students for employment in a variety of biomedical research settings rather than just in the pharmaceutical industry.
Question 25: Can I visit your campus?
We would love for you to visit campus! Attend Preview Day where we will provide you with detailed information on the curriculum and profession as well as the admissions process. You will also have the opportunity to hear from the dean/upper administration and chat with current WesternU students as they tour you through the facilities.